Oven Baked Tilapia Recipe

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Tilapia is a freshwater fish known for its mild flavour and tender, flaky flesh. It comes in various species, but the most commonly found ones have a sleek, silver-coloured body with subtle patterns. One of the things that make Tilapia stand out is its versatility; it can easily adapt to different cooking methods and various seasonings, making it a go-to choice for many dishes.

What Kind of Fish Is Tilapia?

Tilapia belongs to the Cichlidae family and is native to various parts of Africa, including Ghana. Its popularity is attributed to its fast growth rate and mild taste, making it an ideal choice for many dishes, including our oven baked Tilapia.

In Ghana, Tilapia holds a special place in the hearts of the people. Ghanaian cuisine often includes Tilapia in a variety of dishes, and one of the common combinations is with Banku, a traditional fermented cornmeal dish.

Banku and Tilapia Combination

Banku and Tilapia is an awesome match. The combination brings together the best of both – the flavorful, slightly tangy Banku perfectly complements the mild taste of Tilapia, creating a fantastic taste.

There are various ways to enjoy Banku and Tilapia together. One popular one is to serve a portion of Oven Baked Tilapia alongside a serving of Banku.

Can Banku Be Eaten in The Morning?

Banku and Tilapia are commonly enjoyed as a hearty lunch or dinner meal in Ghana. Banku and Tilapia might be a bit too heavy for a morning meal, but, there are no strict rules  to these things


Oven Baked Tilapia Recipe

Oven-baked tilapia is a simple and delicious way to prepare this versatile fish, offering a healthy and flavorful meal that can be easily made at home.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course fish, Main Course
Cuisine African, Ghanaian


  • Fresh tilapia 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • Soy sauce 
  • Sankofa spices (any spices of your choice
  • Garlic
  • Portland all purpose spice
  • Ground ginger
  • Chilli powder
  • Seasoning cube 


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). While the oven is heating, prepare the tilapia fillet by patting them dry to remove any excess moisture.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, minced garlic, Sankofa spices, salt, Soy sauce, Portland spice, Chilli powder, Grougd gingerto create a flavorful marinade.
  • Place the tilapia fillet in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them, making sure each fillet is coated evenly. Let the fillets marinate for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.
  • Once the oven is preheated and the tilapia has marinated, transfer the fillet into a baking sheet or pan.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the tilapia for approximately 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. The fish should be opaque and easily flake with a fork when done.
  • Ready to serve the delicious oven-baked tilapia fish!


Note: You need to rub some of the spice rub of the fish from time to time when put in the oven to avoid getting dry 
You can use any spices you want if you don't like what I used  
Keyword BAked Tilapia
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